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    Book Review – Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

    I loved Andy Weir’s upcoming release Project Hail Mary so much I want to shove a copy in everyone’s hands – it was that much fun. Clever, exciting, funny, smart, and fast paced…I could go on. (And I do, in my review below!) Read on to learn more about the book (but just a little) and why I loved it (a lot). I received an advanced copy of the book from the publish via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them. SYNOPSIS MY ECSTATIC THOUGHTS ON PROJECT HAIL MARY If you were a fan of…

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    Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey – Book Review

    I’m catching up on all the book reviews I meant to do just before a polar vortex gripped Texas and knocked out all power1. The only writing I did last week was on paper, and unfortunately, the writing the week before that was mostly in my head. Sorry you didn’t get to read it. It was really good. Just like Magic for Liars was REALLY good. I loved it! (How smooth was that segue???) This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them.   1At least, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. SYNOPSIS     REVIEW I ADORED Magic for…

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    Recursion by Blake Crouch – Book Review

    The 2016 release of Dark Matter completely blew me away, but I think Blake Crouch topped that novel with Recursion. (And not just because he over-scienced my brain in Dark Matter.) Read on to find out why! Thanks to Crown Publishing and NetGalley for providing an ARC for review. This post also contains affiliate links. My coffee habit thanks you. Recursion is a wild ride by the one author who makes me feel like I nearly grasp quantum physics. Knowing that there is usually some sort of actual technology/emerging sciencey-thing that sparks the idea for his unique blend of scifi/thriller/mystery novel is mind-bending in its own right. This is a…

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    Thursday Things

    With spring break behind me, I’ve got a lot of things rattling in my head. Most of it isn’t enough for a full post, but are loosely related. Thursday Things is a bit of a brain dump – a bit of what I’m excited about, a bit of what has me frustrated, and it all took place during spring break. Oh, and there are affiliate links in this post. I talk about those, too. Kind of. Shh. • • • In Which I Get On My Soapbox and Rant About Coaches and Vacations Last week was spring break for our school district. We didn’t go anywhere because we are rule…

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    Book Review: Dying for Christmas

      I’ll be reading a lot of “feel-good” Christmas tales, but I acknowledge that those aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. With that in mind, I’m bringing you something vastly different today. Because although Tammy Cohen’s Dying For Christmas  is set over the Christmas holidays, there is nothing merry and bright about it. Curious? Check it out:   Review of Dying For Christmas   I may have mentioned that this is NOT your typical Christmas tale. In fact, it’s not a Christmas tale at all, so let’s get that out of the way right now. I think the phrase used in the synopsis – “most disturbing psychological thriller yet” – is…

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    Monday Reads: Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

    I’ve been a fan of Sandra Brown for years, so I was excited when her new book Seeing Red crossed my desk! I love a good mystery, and she is the queen of mixing mystery and romance. Read on for my review!   Review of Seeing Red Sandra Brown delivers another successful thriller in Seeing Red. True to fashion, this suspenseful book has her trademark plot twists; I wasn’t sure who to trust, or what was coming next. Her plots are always well constructed, and this one does not disappoint. I’ve long been a fan of her writing style, as she brings together a great mix of tension offset by…

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    Weekend Reads: Remember No More by Jan Newton

      Review I confess, I was initially drawn to Remember No More in part because of the synopsis, and in part due to the fact that I spent nearly four years in this part of Wales.  Jan Newton does not disappoint with her writing nor with the stunningly depicted setting. This the perfect book to get lost in on a quiet Sunday afternoon, and I confess I devoured it in one sitting. Newton’s debut novel is well crafted with a tightly knit story that twists and turns. While I thought I might have figured out “whodunit” midway through the story, she so skillfully dropped red herrings that I was fully in doubt of my detective work.…

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    Blog Tour and Giveaway: Gone Without A Trace

    Review   This book was a page turner! Hannah returns from a conference with good news, only to discover her boyfriend Matt is gone. And not just moved out, but GONE. As in, no trace of him anywhere – not in the house, in her photos on her phone, on social media – he’s even left his job. He’s simply GONE – and without a single trace. As you would, Hannah has questions. HOW can every trace of him disappear? What happened? Had he been planning this? Why? And so of course, as I would, she begins to search for clues, and the deeper she digs, the less sense some things begin…